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Moving past food aid: the challenge of improving nutrition - The Guardian (blog)

Moving past food aid: the challenge of improving nutrition - The Guardian (blog) | my universe | Scoop.it

"But in practice, one is favoured over another. According to SUN, a 2005 Ethiopian health survey (pdf) found that chronic malnutrition was highest in its most agriculturally productive regions. The inference was large-scale production can lead directly to export, or simply a lack of local food diversity. It is a problem that Samuel Hauenstein Swan, senior policy adviser, Action Against Hunger, recognises. "Malawi promoted corn – it didn't dramatically improve the food security of the people, but it dramatically improved the exports. They are one of the big maize exporters now. But did that reduce the numbers of stunting? Not really ... ministers of agriculture are still focussed on these very few grains [while] nutritious crops like sweet potatoes are not easily commercial.""


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Welcome to Carbon Atlas | Global Carbon Atlas

Welcome to Carbon Atlas | Global Carbon Atlas | my universe | Scoop.it

The Global Carbon Atlas is a platform to explore and visualize the most up-to-date data on carbon fluxes resulting from human activities and natural processes.
Human impacts on the carbon cycle are the most important cause of climate change.

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Taking a Health Hazard Home

Taking a Health Hazard Home | my universe | Scoop.it
Of the 22 industrial hog farm workers tested in a new study, 10 carried antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria in their noses for up to four days, raising public health questions.
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The Death Microbiome: Invasion of the Body Snatchers - BioTechniques -

The Death Microbiome: Invasion of the Body Snatchers - BioTechniques - | my universe | Scoop.it
Our bodies contain trillions of symbiotic microorganisms that aid us in everyday life, from digestive functions to immune system benefits. So what happens to them when we die? As it turns out, they turn on us. Learn...
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Identification of phosphatin, a drug alleviating Pi starvation responses in Arabidopsis

Identification of phosphatin, a drug alleviating Pi starvation responses in Arabidopsis | my universe | Scoop.it

Interesting new chemical genetics study identifies a compound that alleviates some of the low-Pi responses in plants. Treated plants grow better on low P, "this reveals that the developmental restrictions induced by Pi starvation are not a consequence of metabolic limitation, but also result from genetic regulation." (OPEN in Plant Phys)


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Ethanol Export Expansion Possible | Big Picture Agriculture

Ethanol Export Expansion Possible | Big Picture Agriculture | my universe | Scoop.it

"If countries enforced existing biofuels mandates using ethanol, their gasoline use in 2012 would suggest that the top 10 ethanol consumers would require 3.5 billion gallons of the renewable fuel. The next 10 would add another 393 million gallons of demand....."

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Reuters - Farmaceuticals: the drugs fed to farm animals

Reuters - Farmaceuticals: the drugs fed to farm animals | my universe | Scoop.it
A Reuters investigation finds that antibiotics are fed far more pervasively to farm animals than regulators realize, posing significant risk to human health.
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Local Motors’ 3D Printed ‘Strati’ Car Has Just Taken Its First Test Drive

Local Motors’ 3D Printed ‘Strati’ Car Has Just Taken Its First Test Drive | my universe | Scoop.it
When it comes to 3D printing, new breakthroughs and new achievements are being realized almost on a daily basis. From 3D printable human tissue, to a 3D pri
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If Tesla’s Gigafactory can run on 100% renewable energy, why can’t others?

If Tesla’s Gigafactory can run on 100% renewable energy, why can’t others? | my universe | Scoop.it
Tesla expects to use geothermal, wind and solar to achieve 100% renewable energy production, but that model is not viable for most other industries.
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Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, ... The New York times

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, ... The New York times | my universe | Scoop.it

"Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming...."

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City of Turin decides to ditch Windows XP for Ubuntu and €6m saving | ZDNet

City of Turin decides to ditch Windows XP for Ubuntu and €6m saving | ZDNet | my universe | Scoop.it

The capital of Piedmont has been lured to open source with the prospect of doing away with licences and delaying the refresh cycle.

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XP licenses are phasing out. The existing hardware will be too slow for resource-hungry windows 8, and ubuntu is free: 2 birds with one stone. They can keep using their old machines, and don't need to pay license fees. Gosh, I wish everybody would see the obvious and do the same.  

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Big Food with a regional flavour: how Australia's food lobby works

Big Food with a regional flavour: how Australia's food lobby works | my universe | Scoop.it
Criticism of the food industry has itself become a niche industry. But the tendency to embrace a US-centric conception of how the industry works risks masking local variants and inhibiting a targeted response…
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No Association Between Salt And Blood Pressure, Study Finds

No Association Between Salt And Blood Pressure, Study Finds | my universe | Scoop.it
Sodium has long been labeled the blood-pressure bogeyman. But are we giving salt a fair shake? A new study published in the American Journal of…
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Farmer grows familiar foods for Maine's African refugees - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Farmer grows familiar foods for Maine's African refugees - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | my universe | Scoop.it
Amaranth, unusual eggplants and more give people far from their native land the feeling of home.
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The top 50 science stars of Twitter

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Inspired by the flap over the Kardashian Index, Science has compiled a list of the most followed scientists on the social media platform
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bilaterals.org | Minister: Australia’s “food bowl of Asia” no threat to Chinese farmers

bilaterals.org | Minister: Australia’s “food bowl of Asia” no threat to Chinese farmers | my universe | Scoop.it
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is touring China in a bid to assuage local farmers’ fears over Australia’s ambition to be the “food bowl of Asia” as the two countries attempt to reach a conclusion to talks over a free-trade agreement.
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Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

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Forest stand growth dynamics in Central Europe have accelerated since 1870 : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group

Forest stand growth dynamics in Central Europe have accelerated since 1870 : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group | my universe | Scoop.it

"Forest ecosystems have been exposed to climate change for more than 100 years, whereas the consequences on forest growth remain elusive. Based on the oldest existing experimental forest plots in Central Europe, we show that, currently, the dominant tree species Norway spruce and European beech exhibit significantly faster tree growth...."

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New Climate Economy | Commission on the Economy and Climate

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the "new stern report"

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Is It Possible to Control Cancer Without Killing It?

Is It Possible to Control Cancer Without Killing It? | my universe | Scoop.it
Jerome Groopman on an experimental cancer drug that can transform malignant cells into healthier ones.
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ANU hits top 25 in global rankings - Newsroom - ANU

ANU hits top 25 in global rankings - Newsroom - ANU | my universe | Scoop.it
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A Solar Robot Farm Data Collector Out of Australia | Big Picture Agriculture

A Solar Robot Farm Data Collector Out of Australia | Big Picture Agriculture | my universe | Scoop.it
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Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn't that simple, says Munich

Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn't that simple, says Munich | my universe | Scoop.it
Munich city council says a review of its IT has not been triggered by staff dissatisfaction after moving from Windows to Linux on the desktop, in spite of reports to the contrary.
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Hydrogen production breakthrough could herald cheap green energy - University of Glasgow

Hydrogen production breakthrough could herald cheap green energy - University of Glasgow | my universe | Scoop.it

Scientists have taken a major step forward in the production of hydrogen from water which could lead to a new era of cheap, clean and renewable energy. Chemists from the University of Glasgow report in a new paper in Sciencetoday (Friday 12 September) on a new form of hydrogen production which is 30 times faster than the current state-of-the-art method. The process also solves common problems associated with generating electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind or wave energy.

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What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola

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"... Last week, theWorld Health Organization warned that, by early October, there may be thousands of new cases per week in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. What is not getting said publicly, despite briefings and discussions in the inner circles of the world’s public health agencies, is that we are in totally uncharted waters and that Mother Nature is the only force in charge of the crisis at this time...."

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Cuba calculates cost of 54yr US embargo at $1.1trillion

Cuba calculates cost of 54yr US embargo at $1.1trillion | my universe | Scoop.it
Cuba says its economy is suffering a “systematic worsening” due to a US embargo, the consequences of which Havana places at $1.1 trillion since Washington imposed the sanctions in 1960, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar against gold.
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